Maritime Disaster Animal Response Team In Need Of Volunteers

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 13:58 PM

Animal lovers in the Maritimes take note.

The Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team in Atlantic Canada is in need of volunteers.

An information session is planned for tonight at the Summerside Legion.

CDART was created in British Columbia around 15 years ago, during the wildfires in the Kelowna area.

National Vice President Ron McConnell says they recently started a branch in the Maritimes, "We just started these information sessions in the last three or four weeks, and we've had a lot of interest so far across the Maritimes.  We have had 15 people come forward in the Summerside region, and many other from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and even as far as Labrador. We are one hundred per cent volunteer driven and every single person who comes onboard is there because they want to be there."

The Response team assist by rescuing pets and other livestock when a disaster happens.

"When people are forced to evacaute from their properties during a disaster whether natural or man made, and they aren't able to take their animals with them, such as family pets or livestock, we will go in and get them.  We will then shelter them.  We will then reunite them when the event calms down."

They will shelter them and reunite them with their owners once the event has calmed down.

The information session will be held from 7 until 9pm.

For more information visit CDART